I first watched this film when I was a kid. Now this film is definitely dated. It is too long, and can be shortened to enhance the flow of the story. I have to say I like the plot in the book better. Still, it is a reasonably enjoyable film to watch.
Jules Verne’s fantastical story is reduced here to a series of mildly engaging skits separated by prolonged travelogue footage obviously meant to wow audiences with the film’s then brand new 70mm widescreen format. Of course many of the supposedly exotic locales were actually filmed on American sound stages with painted extras giving them that precious “Hollywood Postcard” appearance, but the cinematography is still lovely to look at and the dozens of surprise celebrity cameos (a term coined by producer Michael Todd) will keep movie buffs on their toes. A big ambitious film filled with colourful flourishes and charming period details which nevertheless fails to rise above light entertainment.
One might find this long on the 3 hour time. I for one never looked at the clock once. Some fine actor/Actresses with bit parts like a young Shirley MacLaine as an India princess, Frank Sinatra as a piano player and Sir John Gielgud as a fired butler. Has all the great touches like snow being grabbed over the alps to cool Champaign or great visual costumes of Spain. This movie version everyone should watch at least once. You just can't beat that technicolor in HD some times.
This is a 1956 adventure film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, directed by Michael Anderson.
The story is based on the novel written by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873.
Around 1872, an English gentleman Phileas Fogg (David Niven) claims he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days.
He makes a £20,000 wager (equal to £1,324,289 today) with several skeptical fellow members of the Reform Club, that he can arrive back within 80 days before exactly 8:45 pm.
Together with his resourceful valet, Passepartout (Cantinflas), Fogg sets out on his journey from Paris via a hot air balloon.
Meanwhile, suspicion grows that Fogg has stolen £55,000 (equal to £3,641,794 today) from the Bank of England so Police Inspector Fix (Robert Newton) is sent out by Scotland Yard to trail and arrest Fogg.
Hopscotching around the globe, Fogg pauses in Spain, where Passepartout engages in a comic bullfight.
In India, Fogg and Passepartout rescue young widow Princess Aouda (Shirley MacLaine) from being forced into a funeral pyre with her late husband.
In Japan, Passepartout visits Kamakura and sees the giant statue of Amida Buddha, which is the real McCoy.
Although it looks alike, Mount Fuji-yama looks somewhat different to the eyes of a Japanese.
Then the threesome visit San Francisco, and the Wild West.
Only hours short of winning his wager, Fogg is arrested upon returning to London, by the diligent yet misguided Inspector Fix.
The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
It's really funny.
You wouldn't be disappointed.
Charming adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. My only complaint is that the bullfighting scene is too long.
Amusing movie, a little long but still interesting.
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